The mixed team event was the focus of the day, with compound shooting in the morning and recurve in the afternoon.
Athletes alternate with teammates – they come forward, shoot one or two arrows at a time, and then alternate. The coach then determines which combination gives them the best chance of arrow execution according to shot timing. Archers get 20 seconds to shoot each arrow. The event runs with top 8 rankings for the team event, based on combined scored in qualification rounds.
Spencer Gamache (Quesnel) and Emma Chylinski (North Vancouver) competed as the compound duo. They would compete in the quarterfinal against Bryanne Lameg and Austin Taylor of Manitoba. While it looked close for the first few ends, Manitoba would increase their lead and closed out the match with a score of 155 – 141. This score eliminated BC from the remainder of the Compound competition. Manitoba would go on to win the silver medal in the event.
Coming off of their bronze and silver performances in the individual event yesterday, Adi Shapria (Vancouver) and Adam Deane (Delta) were feeling confident and ready to perform in Friday’s team event. They represented BC as the duo in the recurve mixed team event.
They were up against a tough opponent to start things off in the quarterfinal match. Shapira and Deane were slated to shoot against Quebec’s Jacob Gagnon and Marie-Eve Gelinas. Gagnon finished 5th in yesterday’s team event, and Gelinas had a gold medal finish in the individual event. Quebec eliminated BC from the matches, beating them in the quarterfinal by a score of 6-2.
The mixed team event concluded the Canada Winter Games competition for archers. BC had a strong showing capturing three of a possible four individual medals in the event. Gamache (Compound) and Shapira (Recurve) bring silver medals back to BC for their outstanding performances, while Deane (Recurve) brings home a bronze.
Team BC archers improved on their results achieved by BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in the men’s individual compound and male and female individual recurve events.